Warren is 'leading' Dem field in calling for impeachment proceedings, pollster says

Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Mass.) is leading the Democratic field in calling on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE

"I think her leading on this impeachment issue is just another case of her thoughtfully thinking through things, and being willing to take a stand where other candidates have been a little more wishy-washy," Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Wednesday.

Warren last week became the first Democratic White House candidate to say the House should begin impeachment proceedings, and was soon followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Julián Castro (D-Texas) and Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE (D), the mayor of Miramar, Fla.

"I wouldn't consider it desperate. I would consider it breaking out of the pack," Nargundkar said. 

However, on Capitol Hill, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy MORE (D-Calif.) and Democratic leadership tried to rein in their members on the issue, saying during a conference call Monday that the move could be seen as a rush to judgment and could galvanize Trump's supporters. 

Still, Democratic leaders have not completely ruled out impeachment.
"I do believe that impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country. But if the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we're not there yet," Pelosi said at the Time 100 Summit on Tuesday.

— Julia Manchester